Grow food without leaving your sofa

Abbey Parks Farm of East Heckington near Boston has launched a website that allows customers to manage real allotments in rural Lincolnshire without leaving their sitting rooms.

The farm’s i-Grow website enables you to rent land, plant veg and herbs of your choice, harvest them and have them delivered with just a few mouse clicks.

Each plot is 3m x 2m and gives you eight rows of vegetables. Once you have selected your plot online, you choose your veg – for example, in March and April you could select to plant beetroot, broad beans or baby carrots. Abbey Parks then sows these for you and manages the land. When the crop is ready it will be delivered to you.

Harry Lowth of Abbey Park Farms, who came up with the idea of i-Grow

Renting a 6m2 allotment for one year costs £125, including seeds, planting, harvesting and delivery. The website is at www.abbeyparks.co.uk/allotments

Visit the i-Grow website

 

Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.